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JGemplerPhotography January 02, 2017
Such beautiful light!
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Mary18 February 17, 2018
Wonderful capture!

Smokey Sunset



Driving home from Alberta into British Columbia, as I'm driving into the heart of the Coastal Mountains this view fell straight before me. I had to immedia...
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Driving home from Alberta into British Columbia, as I'm driving into the heart of the Coastal Mountains this view fell straight before me. I had to immediately pull over and take several shots - this picture doesn't even do the scene justice!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken just south of Lillooet, BC, Canada. We were on a family road trip and as we turned the corner we were greeted with this stunning view, completely obliged to pull over and start snapping!
Time
It was taken during the evening as the sun began to set. The sun was shining perfectly through the clouds and haze from some forest fire smoke.
Lighting
The lighting is all natural with some post-processing to highlight and darken certain parts of the picture. I love how the sunlight highlights the cliffs on the left side of the image.
Equipment
It was a very impromptu shoot, so I didn't have time to fiddle with my gear as it was all packed in the car... a rookie error, perhaps? I had my Canon EOS 60D with a Canon lens 18-135 mm, f/3.5 and a polarizing filter.
Inspiration
I had been living in Canada for almost eight months by this point, yet this trip was the first where I really got to do some exploring. I love landscape photography and the Coastal and Rocky mountains of western Canada provide some amazing opportunities. However, you will often find that the camera cannot serve the scene justice in it's beauty. With this image, I found that I was still able to capture the majestic beauty of what I could see before me.
Editing
I used Adobe Lightroom 4 and only enhanced the lighting and colour balance. I used two layered filters: one to bring out the colours in the sky; the second to give some extra exposure to the shrubbery in the foreground.
In my camera bag
I always have my Canon EOS 60D, it is my first and only DSLR and I love it! Every time I shoot I discover new capabilities within the camera, it is truly a work of genius. The lens I use is a Canon lens that came with the camera: 18-135 mm, f/3.5. Items I have added to my arsenal include a simple tripod, a polarizing filter, two remotes - one with the capability for timing and time lapses. However, my all time favourite addition is my ND filter. As with the camera, such a simple piece of kit can create so many opportunities for beautiful photos.
Feedback
The mountain ranges in western Canada are so beautiful but have been captured so many times. Try to think outside the box, show them off in a different way and be creative. Alongside this shot, I captured so many others at the same time, always changing the angle and/or point of focus. The beauty of modern digital photography is that you can take multiple shots and have the ability to review them later, then you can self-analyse - what worked, what didn't, what would you different next time and why?

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